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Smoked out of Yosemite’s Cathedral Range


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    Alex Wallace
    BPL Member

    @feetfirst

    Locale: Sierra Nevada North

    A 5 day/4 night trip in Yosemite’s Cathedral Range cut short to an overnighter due to the Oak Fire, which, unknown to us at the time, started the afternoon that we began our trip. The morning started with clear blue skies, but the first night’s evening became tainted with smoke and eventually falling ash. By the morning of day 2 it was obvious that our trip was in jeopardy. However, we remained optimistic and held onto a chance for a shift in wind, but after cresting a pass and peering into a sea of smoke, we knew it was time to bail. We descended the pass quickly to the trail below and headed back to Tuolumne Meadows.

    Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River

    Elizabeth Lake and Unicorn Peak

    Echo Creek canyon

     

    A dry Echo Creek

    En route to Nelson Lake with an ominous sign

    Nelson Lake

    Nelson Lake (looking northeast)

    Nelson Lake at sunset

    The next morning w/ smoke

    En route to Reymann Lake looking back at Nelson

    Reymann Lake from start of pass

    At the pass looking up at Rafferty Peak

    Heading down the pass looking out to what should be a beautiful view (Fletcher, Vogelsang)

    Almost down to the Rafferty Creek Trail/Tuolulmne “Pass”

    Back near Tuolumne Meadows

    #3756455
    Bruce Tolley
    BPL Member

    @btolley

    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Bummer.

    How was the fishing?

     

    #3756479
    Paul Wagner
    BPL Member

    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    That’s a nice area.  Sorry you hit the smoke.  How were the bugs at Nelson and Reymann?  They’ve been a terror at time for us…

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    Alex Wallace
    BPL Member

    @feetfirst

    Locale: Sierra Nevada North

    Mosquitoes were a non-issue thanks to a steady breeze. Unfortunately, that same breeze is what carried the smoke in.

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